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WILLIE J. LAWS BAND at Niagara Coffee Haus w/ Jodee Frawlee

Last Prophet of the Funky Texas Blues performing as a 4 piece band. Wilie & crew will light your fire! Sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank.

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WILLIE J. LAWS BAND at Niagara Coffee Haus w/ Jodee Frawlee
WILLIE J. LAWS BAND at Niagara Coffee Haus w/ Jodee Frawlee

Time & Location

Jun 01, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Niagara Hall, 8 Exchange St, Millis, MA 02054, USA

About The Event

https://www.williejlawsband.com/

WILLIE

A Texas guitar “gun slinger”, vocalist and song writer following in the footsteps of T-Bone Walker, Lightning Hopkins, Albert King and many others. This music is the kind of real Texas soul, all mixed up with classic R&B, country, blues/funk that grows from the Texas soil. Willie has performed nationally and internationally, including 2 tours of Russia at the invite of the US Consulate in St Petersburg.

Once the house band at The House of Blues/Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and Margeritaville in New Orleans. Winners of the Mass Blues Society Challenge 2011, Semi-finalists at the International Blues Competition 2012 and Beale St Kings Awards. A two time nominee for New England Music Award - Best Blues Act 2015 and 2016, 2015 Nominee for Boston Music Award - Best Blues Act 2015. Come see what many are calling the "Real Deal".

BRUCE

Pianist and Hammond B3 player Bruce Mattson is a graduate of Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music and a former member of the Gregg Allman Band.

​Bruce has worked as a live performer and session musician with a wide range of artists including his own jazz/blues ensemble, New Orleans R&B quintet the Mattson Medeiros Band, funky Texas blues artist Willie J Laws, Allman Brothers Band drummer and founding member Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, New Orleans R&B saxophonist Dr. Charles Neville, blues rock guitarist Jon Butcher, country artist Keith Urban, pianist Chuck Leavell, and many others.

OSI

An explosive master of the drums, has been playing since he was a little boy, much of it playing the kit behind Steel Band competitions of the highest level, contributing to his distinctive style and flare. Brathwaite has taken his drum skills into the blues scene, the Caribbean scene, the funk scene, and the rhythm and blues scene. An incredibly versatile musician with a heart of gold.

LENNY

Odis & Helen's baby boy, known as Lenny, has been playing the electric bass since he was 12 years old. At 16, he started Classical lessons on the upright bass. Learning the French bowing technique.

After graduation from High school, He went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating with Class of 1980. Being versatile in many styles, Lenny has played with Bo Diddley, Marilyn Maye, Betty Wright, Joe Bataan, Bobby Sanabria, Solomon Burke and Denny Laine. In addition, for 32 years he has been the bass player in the National Center of Afro-American Artists production of Black Nativity by Langston Hughes. This runs at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Boston every December.

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JODEE opens the show solo

Jodee Frawlee is a professional singer, songwriter and guitarist – hailing from the Bay State and trained at Berklee School of Music, she is recognized as one of the premier vocal and guitar talents in the Northeast. Jodee has won accolades during her music career, including:

  • Achieving a top-ten finalist spot in Guitar Player Magazine’s “Guitar Player Superstar 2010” after competing with contestants across the U.S. and Canada
  • Being hand-selected from over 200 guitarists to perform live with Steve Vai
  • Receiving the “Boston’s Best Guitarist” award
  • Winning the “Best Local Original Song” with Starr Faithfull’s track, “Drowning”

Jodee’s long-time original band, Starr Faithfull, continues to be active. Starr Faithfull has recorded three studio albums: Krankle, Funny Peculiar and Delusions of Grandeur, and they are currently recording new material for their forth-coming album while continuing to play out live. Starr Faithfull has performed extensively in the U.S. and select European shows three consecutive years, and they have been the supporting act for several bands including: Extreme, Quiet Riot, Days of the New, Edgar Winter, Lynch Mob, Mick Ronson (Rolling Stones), Blue Öyster Cult, KingsX Doug Pinnick’s Poundhound and Farrenheit. Their songs have been featured on “All My Children” and “As the World Turns” and can be heard on current streaming platforms Spotify, iHeart Radio, Pandora, WHJY (Providence 94.1) and WAAF (Boston 107.3).

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